A Ring on His Finger
“I will make you like a signet ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!” Haggai 2:23
We are the signet ring on the Lord of Heaven’s Armies’ finger! What?!
In the book of Hosea the Lord promises to shake the heavens and the earth. But then…He gives us, His chosen ones, His authority! Well that’s old testament you might say, He was talking to his people Israel you might say, or specifically to Zerubbabel you might say.
Well, what about when, in the gospels, Jesus said, “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20. This agrees completely with the declaration in Hosea of giving us His authority.
So? What are we to do with this being a ring on His finger thing? A signet ring was the ultimate symbol of the king’s authority. We are to walk in it. What? We are to WALK IN HIS AUTHORITY!
We are to walk in His authority as sons and daughters of the King. We are to go into the world and be gracious to the lowly, like Jesus was. We are to take the authority of His name and cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead, encourage our fellow believers and by our kindness, bring repentance to those who are far away and anything else the Father says to do. By the authority we have in Jesus’ name we are to say only what the Father is saying and do only what the Father is doing.
By walking in this authority we are, somehow, to do more and greater than Jesus himself did while He walked on the earth. Yeah, you know, the usual boring Christian stuff.
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